REVIEW: ‘Wakanda Forever’ meaningful sequel continues Boseman’s legacy

Gracie Kansier, Reporter

Newly released Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letita Wright as Shuri, the sister of T’Challa (Black Panther) formerly played by the late Chadwick Boseman. The movie follows Shuri’s journey through grief over her brother’s death as well as coming to terms with many new things as Wakanda has become the central focus for raw materials. We get to watch her grow alongside her friends and family in Wakanda. Before the release of Wakanda Forever, there were questions about the movie without Boseman and how they would go about continuing the story, but it was very well written and we were not left with multiple plot holes or confusion. 

Marvel sensitively recognizes the death of Chadwick Boseman and touches the audience through several tributes to him in the movie. He is acknowledged in multiple powerful and direct ways that show his importance and the grief for him being felt not only in the movie but in real life, all over the world. The impact of Boseman’s death was a large one and this was represented very well throughout the film. 

The movie was very well written and they were able to not only recognize Boseman, but continue the story in a way that doesn’t feel awkward or incomplete. We are able to see growth in many of the characters as well as dynamic shifts in the relationships between them as well. The movie was interesting and gives the sense of triumph as well as morality. 

I would personally rate this movie five stars out of five! The very strong messages in the movie like grief, the empowerment of black women and people, morality, as well as the hardships faced give it a large impact on the audience and fans. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with immersing fighting scenes and emotional moments that make for a great movie and a meaningful sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther.